When I caught a few glimpses of this palette online, I wondered why it was given such a name. A neutral, usable palette, yes…but what is so special about it? Thus it was with some curiosity that I opened the press sample that was sent to me.
To my utter delight, the colours aren’t your run-of-the-mill wearable shades but an offering of rich smokey hues paired with contour shades and feminine pinks to offset and complement the dark tones.
It’s practically a ‘day & night’ palette too (the left half, with its light colours, being day; the right, with its dark colours, being night). I also like the names which connote surprises and special occasions.
So what’s in it?
- Bow – A soft beige that reminds me of MAC Vanilla Eye Shadow (the only highlighter shade in the palette, unfortunately)
- Organza – A peach with a hint of bronze (the pan looks darker than the actual shade)
- Ribbon – A wearable salmon whose tones veer on cool
- Gift Basket – A bronze with a hint of copper
- Glitz – A rich graphite (it will pair beautifully with Noir for a striking smokey eye)
- Celebrate – A deep berried brown – almost magenta – that immediately made me think of black forest cake, so gorgeous is the berried shimmer strewn throughout the deep hue of the rich brown (my favourite of the lot!)
- Pamper – A warm-toned pink that is a few shades lighter than the salmon
- Gateau – A subtle duo-chromed pink-gold (together with Organza, Ribbon and Pamper, this will make a gorgeous sunset eye)
- The Mail – A warm-toned waffle brown
- Boxed – A cool-toned twig brown
- Wrapped Up – A cool-toned dark brown with taupe and subtle purple hints (my second favourite!)
- Noir – A deep black
The colours are superbly pigmented for the most part and blend well as a whole. The shimmery shades all seem to veer on frosty/metallic, while the matte ones have a nice satin texture.
Already available at Superdrug stores in the UK, this palette retails at £6.49. It is also available at US$10.50 on the Sleek Makeup website which ships internationally.
Do note that its exterior is ordinary like that of the palettes in the regular range (for instance, Storm and The Original) – it does not have special wording like the limited edition Curaçao palette.
As testimony to its popularity, Oh So Special was very hard to find at one point, according to Iris who is in London right now – she, together with her hubby, had scoured a fair number of Superdrug stores for this palette but their earnest searching only turned up a couple of pieces!
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